21 September, 2020

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We Need The World’s Support For The Next Innings

By Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs

On January 8th last year, in a historic election, the people of Sri Lanka cast their votes for democracy, reconciliation and development. They chose free and fair elections, good governance and the rule of law over authoritarianism and impunity; they chose stability, reconciliation and peace over the politics of fear and hate. And they eschewed isolationist crony capitalism for openness to the world and a competitive, transparent rules-based economy. Basically, the people of Sri Lanka were weary of politics and governance that just wasn’t cricket. They wanted the new Sri Lanka with an undoctored pitch, an untampered ball and genuine umpires.

The new government was left to clean the Augean stables – a debt-ridden economy, a divided country and gross corruption. While a great more needs to be done, in the last year there is no one who doubts that there has been a sea change in Sri Lanka. In fact, Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the UN said, “I cannot think of a country in the world today where there has been this much change in such a short a period of time”. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to begin my talk today by briefing you on Sri Lanka’s progress and plans and then moving on to touch on the Sri Lanka-Australia Partnership.

As many of you here today know, during the previous authoritarian government Sri Lanka, the oldest democracy in Asia, stood at the precipice of dictatorship. But we succeeded in pulling back for that chasm in the last minute. In the last year we have reversed Sri Lanka’s trajectory and our democracy is rapidly consolidating. In fact, within months of securing office, the government swiftly passed a constitutional amendment separating powers, strengthening checks and balances and ensuring the integrity of the electoral process. That amendment reduced the powers of the presidency and re-instated term limits, ensured the independence of the judiciary, law enforcement and state officials, and made the Right to Information a fundamental right.

But this government, is going beyond reversing the undemocratic laws of the previous government. We are now ensuring that Sri Lanka reaches the next stage in its democracy moving from a ballotocracy to a fully-fledged modern democracy. Sri Lanka has made historic strides to entrench our democratic culture, promote accountability and consolidate the deliberative and participatory aspects of democracy. We have restored the freedom of the press, ended censorship and invited exiled journalists to return to Sri Lanka. A Right to Information Act has been tabled in Parliament and we will be voting on it shortly. Hundreds of criminal investigations for abuses of power and corruption are currently underway under the due process of the law. We just put in place a 25 percent reservation for women in local government elections. Once these reforms are over Sri Lanka’s democracy will be truly accountable, participatory and inclusive.

But perhaps more than the importance of consolidating Sri Lanka’s democracy, the need of the hour is breaking through the greatest obstacle that has held Sri Lanka back since Independence – our failure to accept and celebrate the our small island’s tremendous diversity.

At the time we gained Independence, in February 1948, Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, was in a unique position among the countries in the developing world as she had experience of representative government and development indicators that were unparalleled in the developing word. In fact, an editorial published in London on the day of Sri Lanka’s independence predicted that in a short space of time Ceylon would become the Switzerland of the East.

But what what held us back, what plunged us into cycles of conflict, and what prevented the many attempts of saving our nation from such adversity was the failure to manage such justifiable grievances of Sri Lanka’s minorities that led to conflict and violence. Sri Lanka’s post-independence leadership was unable to terms with her diversity as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual country. As a result these grievances were transformed into inter-communal resentment, feelings of discrimination, unfair treatment and ultimately political violence.

But for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history, the two main political parties of the country, who have been opposed to each other since Independence, have come together to win the peace once and for all. Next Tuesday, on the 5th of April, Parliament will meet as a Constitutional Assembly to design Sri Lanka’s Third Republican Constitution which will strengthen democracy, guarantee the rights of individuals and minorities and reflect the needs and aspirations of all our citizens. For the first time in Sri Lanka’s constitution-making history, these deliberations will be enriched by a comprehensive process of national consultations.

Similarly, the Government knows that we need to understand and deal with the past if we are to move forward as a country. Based on the Government’s four pillared approach of truth, accountability, reparations and non-recurrence, a resolution was moved at the UN Human Rights Council which we co-sponsored. The design of the mechanisms proposed by the Government and included in the resolution, namely the Missing Persons Office, the TRC, the Accountability Mechanism and the Office of Reparations, will be based on consultations with all stakeholders – particularly the victims. Online consultations have already begun and face-to-face consultations will begin within weeks.

But for Sri Lanka’s democratic and reconciliation journey to succeed, its economy must flourish and its people must prosper. The government is currently putting in place the medium-term elements for unleashing Sri Lanka’s tremendous economic potential.

Sri Lanka is enjoys a unique geo-economic position located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on the main East-West Sea Route and at the maritime Gateway to India and the Sub-Continent. In a nutshell, we are at the center of the emerging world. Alongside Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, we are putting in place the necessary conditions to make Sri Lanka a node for access to the emerging world.

Sri Lanka already has free trade agreements with India and Pakistan and negotiations are already underway to deepen these agreements. We have ongoing negotiations with China on signing an FTA. Once these agreements are in place, Sri Lanka will have deep concessionary access to the two largest emerging markets. In addition to securing access to new markets, Sri Lanka is regaining access to old ones. The previous government’s human rights record led to the loss of GSP+ concessions to the EU – we are working very hard to restore them as soon as possible and the EU’s response has been very favourable.

Sri Lanka has long been a paradise for Australian tourists, surfers in particular are no strangers to Hikkaduwa or Arugam Bay. But now Sri Lanka is becoming a paradise for investors – we have taken substantial steps to make the judiciary independent, there is a concerted effort to increase the ease of business and Sri Lanka’s infrastructure, already the best in the region, is improving fast too. We also enjoy macro-economic stability. Over the last five years average GDP growth exceeded 6 percent, inflation never exceeded 7.5 percent and the government is now putting in place a framework with the IMF for fiscal and external sector consolidation that will put the Sri Lankan economy on a firm foundation for growth.

Sri Lankan firms have invested over 200 million dollars in Australia, compared to the 60 million dollars Australian firms have invested in Sri Lanka. With the tremendous opportunities opening up in Sri Lanka and her neighbors its time to reverse that ratio. Sri Lanka’s burgeoning tourism sector, underdeveloped diary industry and rich but unexploited ocean area also offers excellent value propositions for Australian leisure, diary, fishing and aquaculture and offshore sectors.

Sri Lanka and Australia have had close ties for generations. Many Australian brands – including Anchor milk – are household names in Sri Lanka and Colombo was a key stop on voyages between the UK and Australia. In more recent years Australia has become the home of over 120,000 persons of Sri Lankan origin – with an eclectic mix of Burghers, Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese. Australia is also a favoured destination for Sri Lanka students: over 5500 Sri Lankans are studying at Australian universities. Sri Lankan Airlines opened its first office in Australia, here in Melbourne, in 2013 and airlines are exploring the possibility of re-commencing the direct flights between our two islands.

In addition to these ties, Sri Lanka and Australia, neighboring island in the Indian Ocean, share a deep commitment to democratic values and many common interests. We are committed to combatting violent extremism, a rules based international order and freedom of navigation. We also have a common interest in addressing issues of climate change and human trafficking.

As Prime Minister Turnbull noted a couple of weeks ago at the annual Lowy Lecture,

Strong borders, vigilant security agencies governed by the rule of law, and a steadfast commitment to the shared values of freedom and mutual respect – these are the ingredients of multicultural success – which is what we have achieved in Australia.

In an increasingly unstable world, where democracy, multiculturalism and human rights are threatened from all quarters, Sri Lanka, like Australia, has the potential to set such an example and become a pillar of stability in the region.

But for Sri Lanka to succeed the people of Sri Lanka need to feel the democratic dividend and the peace dividend fast. Australia has been generous in her assistance providing over 40 million US dollars over the last year, and in helping us guard our maritime area which is nearly five times our land areas. But at this time of transition, we need Australian assistance in rebuilding, in education – particularly vocational education, in technology and in improving public service delivery.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, at this critical point in Sri Lanka’s transition, when the people of Sri Lanka rejected those who just weren’t playing cricket and are ready to bat again, we look to our partner Australia’s support and the world’s support for the next innings.

*Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s speech at Australian Institute for International Affairs

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    Mr. Mongal, I do not think a dozen of Lakshman Kadirgarmars could treat to the damage you have done to this little isle for last one year. You have put this country down in big time. But no option, we will have to suffer for another 4 years to get rid from you – the nasty foreign minister who is second only to another good-for-nothing ex Minister, Sajin de Vas Gunewardena.

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      “We Need The World’s Support For The Next Innings”

      Be open about it: Become bisexual and the innings are unlimited.

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        Dragos

        “Be open about it: Become bisexual and the innings are unlimited”

        Impotent has no innings to play.

        Even self-actualisation doesn’t work in worse cases.

        CT is the only forum you can take out your frustration. Its alright go on make our day punk.

        By the way have you been frequenting Kotakethana lake area?

        Punk – a worthless person

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          Mangala, good points, but unfortunately, no one will invest in Sri Lanka as long as the corrupt insider trader and bond scammer Arjuna Mahendran who is totally unqualified to head the Central Bank is in that post.

          The stink of corruption in the Sri Lankan economy and a lack of policy stability due to corrupt and unqualified people holding top jobs and making decisions is a dis-incentive to foreign investors and FDI. So too the lack of ACCOUNTABILITY for Financial Crimes of politicians.

          The is NO Policy Stability and the Sri Lanka economy like the rupee is in free fall due to the total INCOMPETENCE and corruption of those running the Economy – Ranils’s 2 stooges, Ravi K and Mahendran. They need to be got rid of for FDI to flow to Lanka. Has Ranil not learned any lessons form the Jarapassa regime and why have those financial criminals not be held accountable?

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            Quite right Don! As long as the Sri Lanka economy is run by corrupt and incompetent fools like Ravi K and Mahendra, Foreign investors will lack the CONFIDENCE to invest FDI.

            Ranil must sack these two and replace them with honest and competent and qualified people who can bring POLICY STABILITY.

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              corruption does exist, they are as corrupt as the others or more.
              US dollar will keep on rising everyone would keep on hoarding.

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          Native Vedda ,

          “CT is the only forum you can take out your frustration. Its alright go on make our day punk. “

          now that is the limit [Edited out] . You are angry because you voted MR2 . you need the pace in the country so you stay put – stupid control freak- why don’t you have your real name 365 days??
          Native Vedda,

          Ha ha so your troop feeling guilty. Don’t get me on my nerves.I had not followed you but no fear of you because you belong to the same terror stock and misleading.

          You are hen pecked as you have admitted- stupid SC/ST tamil.

          When you are not aware of gay’s and lesbians marrying and having children – it is real in europe and that is the reality.

          “Punk – a worthless person “

          You are just another slave – see that in your writings.
          What is the difference between Jim/Sumane or You??
          Low bred – uyou never had any use stupid arts graduate- 25 for a dime.

          You are a educated workholic who thinks you own others life- stupid [Edited out]

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          Native Vedda,
          “” Its alright go on make our day punk. “”
          “”Punk – a worthless person “
          idiotic parasite

          A useless tree is never cut and that makes it useful and expensive.

          control freak you still slogging for your family- only his_story arty farty vaiko sc/st.

          “” frequenting Kotakethana lake area?””
          what is it your 3rd world hole. phew!!

          i am used to private unpolluted lakes too and don’t need demala ambude kotha

  • 13
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    Yet another “SPEECH” at the “NATO” – NO ACTION,TALK ONLY.

  • 9
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    The filth are still free?

  • 7
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    Mongal has started to fear his future. Has pulled out the begging bowl. Interesting the growth he was talking about came during MR’s time and thanks to Mongols great Democratic change the growth has hit the sewers. For his information Anchor is from New Zealand and for God sake New Zealand and Australia are two different countries. Gobbels will be soon out of a job that much is sure.

  • 8
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    The foreign Minister spoke of reconciliation but failed to show clearly that the unchecked greed for parliamentary power in the country, the uneducated law makers in the parliament, Unilateral constitution drafting, Sinhala racism, majoritarian apartheid against Tamils caused the problems, leading to a destructive civil war.

    Sinhalese masses were fooled for long 68 years, by the Sinhala politicians and media, that Federalism was separation of the country. This caused anti Tamil violence and bloodshed. And to this day this misconception is not put right.

    Surely, SL is not moving forward in true reconciliation.

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      The only apartheid in sri lanka was by ‘higher caste’ Tamils against other Tamils

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        Gautama was an Indian SC/ST.
        Sinhala Buddhist SC/ST.

        Mercenary SC/ST Taraki wash the thingi first then say:

        Wallla Wackabar Boom!!

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        ISIS supporter has spoken.
        Bring all countries under islamic law.
        No other religion other than islam

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        Taraki

        “The only apartheid in sri lanka was by ‘higher caste’ Tamils against other Tamils”

        Please stop tickling us.

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        Taraki
        I would not say “only” but certainly the WORST KIND.
        The Sinhalese still do not treat the Rhodia and gypsies very well. One may say that these two groups are not part of society like the Tamil untouchables.
        But, until 1956, certain caste groups were treated shabbily by the Sinhala elite castes, the KGB especially.

        But I would add that untouchabilty in the North was in some ways worse than apartheid.

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          SJ

          What do you have to say about periodic riots in which women were being raped murdered and maimed, in a long war people had been killed, tortured, women were raped, properties looted, burned alive, ….. in 1971 18,000 innocent youth were massacred, and between 1987 and 1990 according to one body count 130,000 mostly innocent youth lost their life, billions stolen from ordinary people, … which one is worse, all the state atrocities or apartheid?

          If you are asked, would you chose a life living in fear or the apartheid you describe?

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            Native Vedda

            One last time don’t display your ignorence of the world.
            I am not aware of any ones impotence but made a general statement which is true.
            week before last i was speaking to a Nigerian surgeon here at UCL and he said why Nigeria does not permit Gays etc- because they invariably become Bisexual.
            So I said I know of several cases because I have seen them at Soho when they gay and now they have their own kids.Then i asked a gay cricketer and he said yes ; metioned the names asked how did it happen. Like folk staying as partners and not marrying for tax purposes is part of it- they get many facilities and are better off than gay or living together.
            As your hillary said it is a natural thing.
            We are aware of it so please don’t try to silence the truth as it is not directed on you or anyone.
            Don’t attack me personally ever again stupid demala clerk. i know your links to Nadu- Vaiko lost his lungi.

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    First innings is a gem.

    8 percent plus growth since Nanthikadal has been brought down to 4.4 percent in just 15 months.

    Thousands of poor Sinhal Buddhist workers haven sent home and forced to buy their bread at 7 LKR more then they paid when they had jobs

    Drug lords are doing roaring trade with tonnes of heroin coming to Colo mob on the Southern Expressway.

    Buddhist monks have been locked up because they didn’t,t chant Pirith to Batalnda Ranil and his Bath gottas.

    Big ass lies fly every where, whether ever the Yahaplna bosses arrive to address the media.

    Brave. Military Intelligence Officers are behind bars because Batalnda Ranil has to show gratitude to the LTTE London and it’s boss Surendran for their support for installing Yahaplnaya.

    Benar News say the LTTE Network is intact overseas. Coupled with the threat of rapidly rising ISIS Srilankan today faces a twin threats instead of one,

    Recent haul of explosives is an indication how the security of the country has been compromised by the UNP lead Government.

    But Mangala Samraweera must be happy about the current situation to bring on the Second Innings .

    And it is the main game and aim of Mangalan anyway.

    Which is to give LTTE supporters the homeland which they demand.

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      What 4.4 growth? The economic growth in the last quarter was just 2.5. They will conveniently blame it on Rajapakshe too I’m sure. At this rate bond scammer will beat the minus growth record of bandit queen quite easily.

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        these things are not indicators anymore after exposure by Investor Ted.

        Almost all countries inclusive of west has gone down so we are not buying but protecting and a new scheme in operation Zero hour contracts- higher and fire.
        Even though the unemployment in the US dropped the quality of life of the worker has dropped – low wages and uncertainty. locals used to traditional work have to move out in search of work to other states while their states are now being occupied by young Indian technocrats.Indians just 1% but now the next power after Jews.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumnasekera

      “Drug lords are doing roaring trade with tonnes of heroin coming to Colo mob on the Southern Expressway.”

      Once you were proud of MR’s achievement for building these super highways. Now seem unhappy.

      Its all MR’s fault. Had he thought about it he would not have built these highways to facilitate the drug lords.

      On the other hand look at the bright, drug lords are happy and are contributing to the real economy. They should be eternally grateful to MR and share their profits with him.

      By the way, its only the rich kids who can afford this stuff.

  • 10
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    My dear friends, please grateful to the minister. He is doing a wonderful job of harnessing the international support required for the forward march of the nation. It’s not an easy and enviable task, undoing and putting right ten years of colossal damage done by MR and cronies to the image of the country in the world arena. Within and outside the country, the government works being sabotaged by MR’s people, for the last ten they packed the entire government machinery with their people. The recent power cuts, the suicide kit, all the demonstrations etc are all their work to disrupt the smooth functioning of the government, and to make it unpopular among the people. This is a democratic government, the one respect the rule of law, hence, it’s not a position to use MR ways to deal with these troubles. MR & co is loaded with looted money and using it, they could create enough and more troubles and headaches to the smooth functioning of the government. Even to deal with them, the government has to operate within the laws of the country. It doesn’t have the liberty to go back again to the jungle laws and dark period of MR’s time. Slowly and surely the law of the land would deal with them for their crimes.

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      Grow some brains!

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    lol the world won’t help us. Why should they? Would we help let’s say for example Nepal?

    We are alone in this simply because each country is competing against each other to maximize their wealth so the quality of life of their citizen could be increased.

    If you can’t develop this country on your own it’s time for you to say good bye and go live in the infamous mansion you have in UK.

  • 6
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    When a coalition of Capitalists, Marxists, Tamil racists, Sinhala racists, separatists, chauvinists get together just for the sake of power grabbing, common sense tells me that the end result won’t be a happy one. No country in the whole universe let alone in this planet will be able to help the economic nose drive this country is taking.

    Will it effect Mr Samaraweera? No but the ignorant public will be left to search for thousand and one ways of leaving the country.

  • 4
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    Mangala Samaraweera

    Batting or bowling wise you did not score enough in the first innings.

    Only that happened was the umpire decided to overlook some of the bad plays on your side expecting good governance and accountability in the future play.

    The umpire remains embarrassed and how he will react in the second innings will be every ones guess.

    You will have smooth sailing but you will not win. Your own failures will fail you.

    There are enough players in your team to play against you. Sooner they are locked up is better for you.

  • 4
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    Mangala the undertaker ,you are asking for the next innings……….you the traitor of our country…..you wait and see what the people will give you next innings-including pon-nil and the bunch of the YAMAPALANA DEVILS…….Do you think people do not know what you are going to foreign countries and working out with the LTTE TERRORIST DIASPORA………If the Devil- Terrorism starts in this country you are one of those to hold responsible Remember That

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    Siri: I agree that we have to do things according to Law and Order of the country. But that very process is being done creating “suspicion” and “questioning” by the people. That is why the people are becoming “restless” and “congregating” around those “Bring Back Mahinda” campaign. Don’t you see it happening? Leave that aside. Did you note some of the appointment made to the Foreign Service, making use of that formula of 60/40 – 60% from the Foreign Service personnel and 40% from “Outside”. What that “outside” talent brought in already known to you and I. It is very disgusting to name them. Next see how the functions of the Ministry are being conducted. The most recent scandal is centered on “Visa” applications of a VIP together with a “Third Party Note” issued in respect of “friends” of VIP. Among those “Three Friends”; two are a prohibited persons to enter UK and placed in a “Black List”. The other has not submitted the “relevant” information in the application. Even the Secretary to the Ministry got involved in the matter by telephoning the Embassy staff, a much junior staff who gave her the reasons for such rejections. Just imagine this Ministry getting involved in the issue of “Third Person Notes” in respect of some vagabonds just because they happen to be the “Friends” of the VIP applicant. There are many more “unholy” activities that are being done under the very nose of the “Big Wigs”.

    Please note the people are ready to wait for all those matters relating to corruption, frauds etc. that are being investigated in terms of the Laws of the country. But do you think the people are ready to stomach this type of blatant “mismanagement” (the instance I mentioned above) of governing affairs within a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that has already led to stinking levels? What we expect is nothing but to do things RIGHT.

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    Minister
    Before the second innings start and if you haven’t still read the letter written to thePresident by a group of learned and sensible people on why the ArcelorMittal Housing is unacceptable and published on 3 February in some newspapers, please read it again. It will help you improve your performance in the second innings.

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    1.”justifiable grievances of Sri Lanka’s minorities that led to conflict and violence” is what the Hon Minister said at UNHRC and USIP too. Injustice causes grievances, Sir.
    2. ”Sri Lanka has made historic strides to entrench our democratic culture, promote accountability and consolidate the deliberative and participatory aspects of democracy” was forgotten when ArcelorMittall was given the contract to bring prefabricated (denying employment to the Northern area of high unemployment), metal houses without ventilation(to continue oppressing the oppressed) at prices 2-3 times that of houses that are being locally built, ignoring the huge national debt. Why then is the government sending out the Hon Minister to beg the international community?

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      ”grievances were transformed into inter-communal resentment, feelings of discrimination, unfair treatment and ultimately political violence”:

      Minister, PLEASE get the order right: state political violence showed up as discrimination and unfair treatment that led to grievances of the minorities..

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    Minister,

    Did you not explain why thousands of Tamil refugees from Tamil Eelam, including Sinhalese and Muslim asylum seekers are still refusing to go back, due to the fear factor presented by the army occupation, and the structural genocide that is taking place in the Tamil Homeland.

    Can you not explain why your so-called new “good government” striving to entrench democratic culture, promote accountability, but still refusing international judges, prosecutors and lawyers to fully implement the UN HRC resolution, to keep it all open, honest and transparent.

    Minister,you first need international assistance and with the Tamil groups to bring about a peaceful permanent political solution for the Tamils in their homeland, to conform to international norms and standards. The spot light is on your good governance.

    Sri Lanka is in the ring, she needs to sink or swim in the mud. This is not cricket, this is about Human Rights, justice, accountability, peace, security and prosperity for both nations. .

    Manicka Vasagar

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      Well-said, MV.

      Mmmhhhhhh……:
      Cricket SriLanka-style: Sinhalese-only batting Tamil/Muslim (man-made)balls

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        you got your knickers in a twist
        The Sinhala/Muslim government has been in operation from 48- always a muslim minister.
        Become a muslim and you have no worries in feeling sinhala/muslim power.

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    He can call it a victorious first innings.

    There is a story told in Tamil about “one quarter thief”, “half thief”, “three quarter thief” and the full thief. One day the one quarter thief robbed a passenger on the road. The next night a guard was there and looking for the thief who was lurking around there the previous night. The half thief dodged him and robbed his possessions. Next night Chief of the guards was dodged by the three quarter thief. Fourth day, the full thief explained to all others how to do a real artistic theft and went out alone. Other three was little bit nervous. He went out there like a passenger with a small possession. The guards stopped him and checked him with King’s supervision. He did not have anything dangerous to attack anybody but he had a small wealth. They told him path was dangerous and stay with them. He discounted them and acted like about to go. They didn’t allow him. He explained to them as they were well armed the thief will not even dram passing them so he need not to fear for the rest of the path. They realized their mistake and ask them about an idea to catch the thief. He told them to hide their Royal ID remove the royal jewelries and the dresses into a bag and burry it in the jungle. He put his small wealth first, in to the bag, to make others to follow. Then he told the royal team to get into additional sacks so all will look merchandise to make thief get attracted. He advised them to come out and catch the thief when he signals. After putting them in sacks and tie them all, he took the jewelry from the hole and went home. In Morning somebody freed the half-naked royal team.
    Sirima fooled only Mrs. Gandhi and took the Kachativu. JR duped only Regan and Rajiv and set them up one against the other and installed trap to India lose a lot in Lankawe. Rajiv Gandhi was physically beaten up by the Navy and his army was beaten up in Lankawe. Old King did it to 32 countries at the same time. Now, it looks like the time for full thief to be out on the road. Not just a 32 countries all UN and its sub bodies and its members look like going to learn from this full thief. UN, UNSC, UNHRC, OISL, America, India, China, Germany….. all are about to get their lesson. In the First Innings only Sampanthar, High Commissioner Prince Zeid and State Secretary John Kerry have been balled to out. For Sampanthar, No accountability, no Transitional Justice, No Federal Constitution, No army withdrawal, no land release, No rehabilitation. For John Kerry and Prince Zeid No Resolution implementation, No ICC accord, No Foreign Judges and Lawyers, no internal investigation against any war heroes, ie. No leader, no commander, no soldier……The rest or the Best yet to come from the 21st century’s greatest fox.
    When Mangala said that he is not contented with the first innings victory and eagerly looking for the second, a beautifully written L.R. Easwary’s love song came to my memory. It goes roughly, like this:
    Once I went alone on a path in the jungle,
    With the whistles and the bells blow aloud from cart,
    I called the bulls to trot it out fast,
    Before the dusk would spread out there quick.

    Alas! a man was in the middle of the jungle,
    Stared right hard into my eyes,
    Demanded to surrender all that I had,
    Nothing I had, I said, in my hand,
    Handed him the handsome sight of my eye,

    I thought first as he was a thief,
    Leave it or believe, but I was the thief,
    First of my robbery was not a flawless heist,
    It was not an all-out clean sweep.

    You know what would have the young lady done when went back for the second innings. She would have loaded all her newly found wealth on her cart and brought it to back her home Lankawe.

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    Mongal – is a gay CIA mole . but it is a very low paid mole . unfortunately world support cant be gotten by going around the world with a begging bowl . The country is a shit hole with grabage strewn every where . Turn your talk into work asshole!!!

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      bla bla blAbhaya

      Where you been all these months?

      “The country is a shit hole with grabage strewn every where . Turn your talk into work asshole!!!”

      Sorry I will have to agree with you on this.

      Has this country been competing with India since 1948?

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        Vedda

        I have work to do and a life, unlike you and believe it or not cannot be a troll . lol

        I think they have been competing with india to be the garbage dump of asia since the Jan 8 (peoples “aka CIA & RAW” Revolution) .

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          Abhaya the pingona who then thought that his god father would win the last two elections went missing all these few months. Now seems to raise his head as had been in the past.
          Detroit so called Director should have been gotten funds from Raja during his high days, this was very clear all what came out of his cesspit in the days of election campaign. These men are even more dangerous to lankan folks than ebola to Afria. Get a life Abhaya.

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        NV ,

        This big/foul mouth Abhaya douche-bag can’t and will not answer any straight question ;instead , he will use filth as a scape goat to evade the question . just read any of his comments , you will see what i mean .

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          Srilal nit wit

          read my last two comments if they are filth then the truth is filth . but you are such a moron that you would not know the difference .

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            Srilal and Native Vedda did their best to drive away Rajapakshes.

            You the idiots went on licking the asses of Raja – sending all the poor of poor in darf.

            Abhaya, please be aware, entire lanken folks will hate you forever.

            You always have a big mouth no second to that buruwanse – see, the results as it is – thought got disspaared since 08th Jan 2015 – truth was succeeded. Atleast now to come oout of your cacoon since then, is a good sign. Work for a better srilanka man, leavin all the abusive nature- this is what my 10 year old grand son ask from you the like folks

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    We Need The World’s Support For The Next Innings mangala

    FIRST, EVEN BEFORE THE INNINGS COMMENCED, CAN YOU TELL US HOW MANY OVERSEAS JAUNTS HAVE YOU ENGAGED IN TODATE??????????
    WHAT IS THE FDI YOU HAVE CHANNELED?

    yes…. You are right BUT then why go to China as Yahapalanaya had already condemned them…

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    What is FM talking about a second innings ?. 1st innings was played
    by MR & His team. They hit fours and sixes over the ropes for the tune of 18 Billion Dollars and Sira & his team is playing their 1st innings, now, scoring equally well and as per cricket rules, MR &
    his team should play the second innings and not Sira’s team.

    Sanga & Mahela, pls correct me if I am wrong.

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    You are ready for next innings to lead the country, but you don’t have an ability to write a small speech. Can you please publish your credentials for a foreign minister? You have nothing other than being a member of the UNP. You are wasting poor Lankans money on travelling around the world and paying others to write your speeches.

    You think that Australia has the genuine democracy. Why don’t you read few paragraphs from my website(www.indileaks.yolasite.com) to educate yourself? Australia managed to delete my citizenship and prevented me from getting a human rights lawyer, due to my writings about the struggles of aboriginal people. I am going to push my case in Colombo. I am going to ask the US Embassy and the UK high commission to make a way for me to fight my case in Australia. Otherwise I will give flyers outside of the Australian High Commission, the US Embassy and British High commission in Colombo to expose their double standards.

    Let’s see how the preachers of democracy and human rights are going to do. And also let’s see how you are going to handle this particular situation in the near future as well. Most people said that Minister Samaraweera will silent me and help the Western countries to occupy the moral high ground and take Sri Lanka to international war crimes probe. They are right, you will be fooled by the West as it fooled Arabs and Tamils. Arabs and Tamils don’t have much to show, you will join them.

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      Antany Peter- see your type Gunaratnam in a cage!
      Democracy in practice under pressure. – listen to Freddy Mercury.
      Deported from New Zealand for facist comments!!
      read this before you think of committing suicide
      The unsung hero: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Haw
      Brian William Haw was an English protester and peace campaigner[1] who lived for almost ten years in a peace camp in London’s Parliament Square from 2001, in a protest against UK and US foreign policy. He began the Parliament Square Peace Campaign before the 2001 United States attacks, and became a symbol of the anti-war movement over the policies of both the United Kingdom and the United States in Afghanistan and later Iraq. At the 2007 Channel 4 Political Awards he was voted Most Inspiring Political Figure.[5]
      Haw died in Germany in the early hours of 18 June 2011 of lung cancer.[1] He is survived by seven children

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        I have many things to achieve. Why would I commit suicide when fools like Mangala got the foreign minister position. Just wait and see how I play the game. I will make sure that Mangala and his masters learn a good lesson. I must prove that I am smater than Mangala, and I will in due time. Go ahead and put me in a cage as Gunaratnam, I will make sure that Mangala’s innings will come to an end. Remember, I have been exposing the ruler of the world, I am the only Asian who exposed the world power more than any other Asian. Mangala must keep this in his mind before try to treat me as Gunaratnam.

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          “”I am the only Asian who exposed the world power more than any other Asian.””

          Henende?? In your dreams rip van winkle.

          Mangala carried a bastan polla during the Galle protest by UNP’s (see it on CT)

          Go kiss him and say Badagini I need an appointment like DJ does.

          So you are secretly in love with the technological western world where there is quality of life – ask moadwanse/buruwanse why he steals £100k to send his 3 children to Eaton school.

          Banki moon has refused to say when he would arrive.
          Barry and Moon finish their terms by the end of year.
          In comes my man the Trump. take care.

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            You think that you have brain but I have sandbag in my head. You don’t know about Antany Peter, but you will in due time, be patient. If the white man can pressure and impose his interests by his fake morality. Why Chinese shouldn’t demand their terms before giving their money to others? Who supported the LTTE indirectly through diaspora and allowed the brutal war to go on for decades? Who demand war crime probe now? What about a genuine war crime probe in Iraq, Afghan, Vietnam, Cambodia etc. Above all the Americans, Australians, Canadians and Kiwis don’t even live in their own country but occupying others’ homeland which they took on genocide. Can they acknowledge that Native Americans, Australian aboriginal people, Canadian First Nations and New Zealand Mari people are the true owners of America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their constitution? No the white devils won’t acknowledge the truth. If they do, it defeats the purpose of invading those resourceful countries on genocide.

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              The rich always win. The poor fools vote for them so they break their promises.
              Don’t bring tamil vs sinhala/muslim into the picture- i have no interest.

              If you think politicians mean well then you really have a sand bag.

              Saddam Gaddafi Nasser all thought they were whiter than white and got the pipe – throughout history its the same.

              Putin said anyone who thinks he can win against NATO must be mad.
              Xi and China North Korea still get their war machine tech from white man Russia.
              Cheerio

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                You are sick, you must see a mental doctor. I must ignore you. It is a waste of time replying your useless comment.

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    Mr. Foreign Minister!
    You are still with PM Wickremansinghe in China! I’ve been following the news from China and learnt the following just from the Indian Press:

    “The Sri Lankan government officially informed the Chinese investors of resuming the construction of the multi-billion dollar port city project last month, one year after its suspension.”
    “On CPC (Colombo Port City), both sides agreed to further speed up over all and comprehensive resumption of the work at this project,” Xiao Qian, Director General of the Asia Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry told the media while briefing over the outcome of the meeting between the two Prime Ministers.”
    “Before embarking on his visit to Beijing, (Prime Minister) Wickremesinghe told the Chinese media in an interview that CPC will be given a special status as a unique financial and business district with laws of its own.”

    It looks like that the Chinese are doing some ‘Match Fixing’ before the second inning! Good Luck!

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      Good one :~))))

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